Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the major branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that focuses on national and international disease prevention and control and infectious disease surveillance. CDC’s international activities are spearheaded by The Office of Global Health. Among its international health activities are collecting data and statistics on the incidence of global health problems, information on travelers’ health, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a system designed to promote international comparability in the collection, processing, classification, and presentation of mortality statistics and the International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program (IMMPaCt), which targets CDC resources to the global effort to eliminate malnutrition.
Commonwealth Fund: International Health Policy & Practice
The Commonwealth Fund’s International Program in Health Policy and Practice provide grants to researchers and other professionals with the intention of building an international network of policy-oriented health care researchers, sparking innovative health policy thinking and high-level exchanges, and encouraging cross-country comparative research and collaboration.
FHI 360 is a U.S.-based Non-governmental Organization (NGO) that conducts research, education, and service delivery on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and children’s healthcare. FHI 360 provides Country Profiles that specify the goals and efforts by nation in these areas o as well as more in depth evidenced-based publications on sexually transmitted infections, infectious diseases, reproductive health, maternal health, adolescent health, contraceptive technology, and gender issues.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Gates Foundation is a U.S.-based philanthropy working on expanding access to technology and improving global health care. The Foundation’s Global Health Program is focused on reducing global health inequities by accelerating the development, deployment and sustainability of health interventions to dramatically reduce the impact of infectious disease in developing countries, particularly HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB), and reproductive and child health.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Initiated formally in 2002, The Global Fund is a unique international, public-private partnership aimed at attracting and disbursing funds for the prevention, detection, and treatment of AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria. The Fund is a financing partnership that includes governments, civil society, the private sector, and affected communities, and disburses funds to national governments, local communities, and individual service programs.
Global Health Council
Global Health Council (GHC) is a U.S.-based membership organization that conducts analysis, research, training, and sponsors international health meetings to inform and educate opinion leaders, policy-makers, the media and concerned citizens on women’s health, children’s health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, and emerging threats. GHC.
Health Policy Monitor (Bertelsmann Stiftung)
The Health Policy Monitor serves as a network for groups that are involved in health policy and reform. The organization offers professional international networking, expertise in cross-country comparative social and economic studies, and benchmarking advice.
International Health Economics Association (iHEA)
The International Health Economics Association increases communication among health economists, fosters a higher standard of debate in the application of economics to health and health care systems, and assists young researchers at the start of their careers.
International Association of Health Policy (IAHP)
IAHP is membership group for an international network of scholars, health workers, and activists that aims to promote the scientific analysis of public health issues and a forum for international comparisons and debate on health policy issues.
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations(IFPMA)
IFPMA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization representing major global research-based pharmaceutical and vaccine companies from both developed and developing countries. IFPMA aims to contribute industry expertise and foster collaborative relationships and partnerships that are dedicated to the improvement of public health.
Ipas aims to protect women’s health and advance women’s reproductive rights. Ipas’s global and country programs include training, research, advocacy, distribution of equipment and supplies for reproductive-health care, and information dissemination.
John Snow, INC (JSI)
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, JSI and its affiliated organizations, including JSI Brazil and JSI United Kingdom, provide technical and managerial assistance, research and evaluation, education, and training to public health programs worldwide. JSI's International Division works in partnership with host-country experts, organizations, and governments to improve quality, access and equity of health systems, and focuses on multidisciplinary, gender-sensitive development approaches that assist countries, communities, families and individuals to develop solutions on their priority health and development issues.
The Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation's global health gateway serves as an online clearinghouse for the latest data and information on the U.S. role in global health. It brings together original policy analysis and research from the Foundation, provides the new daily news synthesis, Daily Global Health Policy Report, tracks legislation through a new Policy Tracker, and features fact sheets, country-level data through Kaiser's Global Health Facts, and more. These resources are designed to offer a comprehensive picture of the U.S. global health policy landscape, highlighting key issues facing policymakers, journalists, non governmental organizations, and others working in the global health arena. The Foundation receives substantial support for the global health gateway and its work on global health policy from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Medical Care Development International (MCDI)
An international division of the Medical Care Development, Inc., MCDI provides technical assistance in health and socio-economic development to disadvantaged and vulnerable communities around the world. MCDI strives to enhance the financial status of the organizations it assists.
Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international aid agency that provides direct medical care to underserved and crisis regions around the world. In addition to direct services, MSF leads a number of public health initiatives, including the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, which analyzes drug pricing and aims to lower prices of existing medicines, stimulate research and development for cheaper medicines for diseases that primarily affect the poor, and overcome other access barriers to medicines.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is the major basic science research arm of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. There are 18 Institutes within NIH, each with its own mandate, activities, and funding. NIH funds also a broad range of research on international health concerns, including projects on laboratory science, application of emerging technologies, and global health pandemics. NIH agencies have a plethora of scientific and policy data on incidence, prevalence, regional variation and trends on their specific areas of research.
Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (PACHA)
The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (PACHA) is an advisory body that provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Executive Branch of the U.S. government regarding programs and policies related to prevention and research of HIV/AIDS.
Pan American Health Organization
Based in Washington, D.C., the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an independent NGO whose primary focus is to improve the health of the peoples of the Americas. PAHO promotes primary health care strategies, collects data and information on health trends in the Americas, and develops recommendations for addressing major health issues in these countries.
PATH is a U.S.-based nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that provides technical and programmatic support on international health projects and strives to increase the reach of technologies, strengthen health systems, and promote healthy behavior abroad. PATH currently works in more than 100 countries in the areas of reproductive health; vaccines and immunization; HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; and children's health and nutrition.
The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research. The Council evaluates and develops sustainable approaches to enhancing people's health and well-being in the areas of gender and family dynamics; HIV/AIDS; reproductive health; and health of infants and children.
RTI International (RTI)
RTI is a consulting firm that delivers advisory and training services at the national, subnational, and local government levels, emphasizing institutional development through the transfer of analytical tools and methods. Current areas of interest are infectious diseases, reproductive health and family planning, health policy care and financing, and environmental health.
United Nations The United Nations (UN) is a multi-national convening body of international law and development. Several UN agencies and departments are involved in international health policy:
UNAIDS leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response to the global AIDS pandemic and sponsors activities aimed at preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and alleviating the impact of the pandemic. UNAIDS tracks and monitors the state of the global epidemic and provides country, regional and global statistics; epidemiological reports; news releases; case studies; and publications on other HIV-related topics.
UN WOMEN (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) (UN Development Fund for Women)
UN WOMEN provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women's empowerment and gender equality. UN WOMEN focuses its activities on four strategic areas reducing feminized poverty; ending violence against women; reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls; and achieving gender equality in democratic governance. This new entity is product of a merger between the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), the Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
UNFPA (UN Population Fund)
UNFPA's three main areas of work are to help ensure universal access to reproductive health services by the year 2015; to support population and development strategies that enable capacity-building in population programming; and to promote awareness of population and development issues and collect resources necessary to accomplish this work. The UNFPA conducts research and analysis as well as provides funding to service providers around the world.
UNICEF (UN Children’s Fund)
UNICEF is the UN agency charged with improving the health of young people and works on issues of child protection, girls’ education, general immunizations, and HIV/AIDS prevention. UNICEF works directly with communities and families, monitors and collects statistics on children’s health and applies research towards policy change.
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID is an independent, federal U.S. agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance to developing nations in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. USAID helps developing nations build medical care infrastructure and address global health problems such as HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases and poor maternal and child health.
U.S. Department of State
The Department of State is the federal department that oversees diplomacy and U.S. foreign policies. Health activities under the auspices of the U.S. State Department include:
Global Health promotes the health of the people of the world by advancing global strategies and partnerships. Global Health provides world health statistics and country-specific data on health indicators
Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
The Global AIDS Coordinator establishes primary responsibility for all resources and international activities of the U.S. Government to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic, including U.S. contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and to advance the HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment goals laid out by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
The World Bank
The World Bank is a major, international bank that provides loans, policy advice, and technical assistance to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty. The Bank promotes growth to create jobs and to empower poor people to take advantage of these opportunities. In addition, the group runs a data and research center. The center seeks to increase understanding of development policies and programs by producing policy reports, world development reports and indicators, and global economic/finance prospectus on major health topics.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for world health issues. The group has a number of major groups which fall under their command such as the WHOSIS (Statistical Information System) which is the guide to health and health-related epidemiological and statistical information. They also run program, Evidence and Information for Policy, which presents current activities relating to epidemiology and the burden of disease, cost-effectiveness of health care interventions, and health systems assessment and reform, including quality of care, ethical issues, financing, resource allocation, regulation, and legislation.